2003 Toyota 4Runner Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota 4Runner

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2003 Toyota 4Runner
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1,041
to $
1,540
2003 Toyota 4Runner
$
351
to $
625
2003 Toyota 4Runner
$
399
to $
828
2003 Toyota 4Runner
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455
to $
926
2003 Toyota 4Runner
$
141
to $
287

2003 Toyota 4Runner Problems

Car Won't Start Due to Worn/Corroded Solenoid Contacts in Starter

If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.

Brake master cylinder may need replacing at 125,000 miles

At 125,000-150,000 miles, the Master Cylinder may need replacing. It is critical to adjust the brake pedal to Master Cylinder pushrod clearance or the brakes will drag and over heat.

Floor, Vent, Defrost Selector Causes Noise but No Change

The Toyota 4Runner may develop a condition with the HVAC ducting system causing noisy and faulty operation of the blend doors. The blend doors are actuated by the selector button, and change the direction of airflow to the selected location, i.e. vent, floor, defrost. 

The correction is to replace the blend doors.

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Recalls

Accelerator Pedal May Stick Open

The accelerator pedal can become trapped under an unsecured or incompatible floor mat. This can cause the accelerator pedal to stick in the wide open position, increasing the risk of a crash. At this time, the remedy plan is still under development, but will most likely involve modification or replacement of the accelerator pedal and Toyota all-weather floor mats. No schedule of owner notification is available at this time. The Toyota recall number is 90L; the Lexus number is 90LG.

Toyota Recalls 2003 Trucks Due to Improper Lug Nuts for Spare Tires

Toyota has recalled certain 2003 4Runner and Highlander trucks because the lug nuts used for upgraded alloy wheels are not suitable for the spare tire and wheel. If the existing lugs are used, the spare tire may loosen and come off. Dealers will provide owners with newly designed lug nuts, a warning label for the spare wheel, and an owner's manual addendum.

Toyota Recalls 2003 4Runners Due to Fuel Leak at Fuel Pulsation Damper

Toyota has recalled certain 2003 4Runner trucks because the diaphragm on the fuel pulsation damper may leak, which may cause a fire in the engine compartment. Dealers will replace the fuel pulsation damper.

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Reviews

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Well, I finnaly traded my 2003 yesterday, it had 74500 miles and 8 years. I am going to miss it a lot. It was the Sport Edition in black. The dealership only gave me $9000 for it, and i took it with a smile! Bought 2011 SR5 since i am on a budget now. Halloween 2009 kids dropped eggs on my hood, and i had to bring my car for a paint job, went to Maaco BIG MISTAKE, horrible job and they de...
we like our 2003 4runner but it is not that roomy for a family of 4 the ride is rough like a truck and it is not really a good winter truck
Great truck. it has over 90k miles on it and still drives like new. It has seen everything from beach driving to blizzard conditions and has never failed on me. Still feels solid and seems like it will last forever. I've driven other model SUVs with the same mileage and they feel like they're going to fall apart any minute.

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